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MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 9:00pm PST
to you at home for joining thus hour. president obama announced on mayday, on may 1st a couple of years ago that osama bin laden had been killed. the president said he had approved a covert mission inside pakistan that resulted in the death of the founder and later of al qaeda, the group that attacked us on september 11th, 2001, which led congress to pass the authorization for use of military force, which has justified the 12 years of war that have followed ever since. so the announcement that bin laden was dead on may 21st -- excuse me, on may 1st, 2010, may 1st, 2010. two days later, two days later on may 3rd, 2010, two days after that announcement, retired senator chuck hagel gave an interview to his hometown paper in lincoln, nebraska "the journal star." he told the paper it should reassure america and the world that america is still a leader, and we can and will get the job done. he said, quote, that is very important for the world to realize. more the point, though, chuck hagel then said, "well, now that we've killed osama bin laden, let's leave afghanistan." he said that th
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 12:00pm PST
? fracking is here to stay. >>> does it matter whether we call him president obama or just obama? >>> and i'm going to take you inside the oscars and tell you how to win your office pool this year. guess who's ever where you want to be? "the cycle." >>> 5,924,000 since the u.s.-led invasion in to afghanistan started and today presidents obama and karzai met to flesh out withdrawal plans. >> the reason we went to war in the first place is now within reach, ensuring that al qaeda can never again use afghanistan to launch attacks against our country. if we have a follow-on force of any sort passed 2014 it's got to be at the invitation of the afghan government and they have to feel comfortable with it. nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. >> this was their first face to face since the nato summit last spring in chicago. today was focused on defining the mission and hashing out who will have what authorities after 2014. talk of troop levels was not supposed to be on the table. 66,000 u.s. troops are currently on the ground in afghani
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 7:00pm PST
which no one is denied their rights. >> that was president obama speaking at the human rights campaign dinner in 2009. this week, jean manford, the families of parents, families, friends of lesbians and gays passed away, she was 92 years old. and everybody cried, including me on tv. like usual. all right, that does it for us tonight. we'll see you again on monday. but now you get to spend friday night with the reverend al sharpton. have a great evening. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's league, here comes the freakout. the president and vice president are building a plan of action on guns. it is going to be big. it will have the full force of the obama white house behind it. and it is coming soon tuesday. the right wing knows what they're heading into. they know they have a fight on their hands. which is why we're now hearing this kind of garbage. >> to preserve and keep this great republican republic, we may have to shed blood every couple 100 years. we may have to shed blood every couple 100 years to preserve our basic freedoms. >> wow, shed blood
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
has long cut his ties with the republican party. >> when he endorsed president obama in 2008. >> democrats don't accept him as an alternative choice. >> hagel appears to be a man without a party. >> is chuck hagel the right choice for secretary of defense? it is certainly not the most easy one. >> the new conservative dominance of policy thinking ended when barack obama was elected president. but today was the day that the obama administration made the single biggest play to define what comes next. what is t next. today, he nominated chuck hagel, in doing, he nominated the first vietnam veteran. >> he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that is something we only do when it is absolutely necessary. my frame of reference, he has said, is geared to the guy at the bottom who is doing the fighting and the dying. with chuck, our troops will always know just like sergeant hagel was there for his own brother, secretary hagel will be there for you. and finally, chuck represents the bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. fo
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 3:00pm PST
to be big. it will have the full force of the obama white house behind it and it's coming as soon as tuesday. the right wing knows what they're heading into. they know they have a fight on their hands, which is why we're now hearing this kind of garbage. >> to preserve and keep this great republican republic, we may have to shed blood every couple hundred years. we may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our basic freedoms. >> wow. shed blood to stop gun safety. i don't think so. we're not going to let the forces of violence and extremism get in the way of this debate. not this time. >> i'm telling you, if that happens, it's going to spark a civil war and i'll be glad to fire the first shot. i am not letting this country be ruled by a dictator. if it goes one inch further, i'm going to start killing people. >> i mean, this is vile. this is ugly stuff. they are in full freakout mode. we're serious, people, wanting real change. the tricks, the threats, it's all behind us now. people from newtown, connecticut to chicago, illinois are standing up and saying no more.
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 9:00pm PST
president obama announcing an end to something that felt like it was never going to end. >> good evening. tonight i'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in iraq. >> the time difference between washington, d.c. and baghdad is eight hours. when president obama started speaking in the united states at 8:00 p.m. on that night august 31st, it was after midnight in baghdad. it was already september 1st in baghdad. what is recorded as the end of the mission gets listed as september 2010. it was noft the end t the end og but it was what started in 2003 started to end. the page was turned. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. the people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> when president obama spoke that night there were still 50,000 u.s. troops in iraq and 50,000 americans stayed in iraq for another 14 months until everyone left the following december. december 2011. when the mission changed from a combat mission to the trained advised mission then it wasn't operation iraqi freedom. it was the way that war came to an end an that's why it was wort
MSNBC
Jan 8, 2013 3:00pm PST
taxes on the wealthy just 31% support speaker boehner. 57% say president obama got more of what he wanted. just 20% say that about the gop. republicans may not be good at a lot of things, but i do think they can read the poll numbers. they know their approach isn't working which is why gop leaders have begun to waffle on the party's threat not to raise the debt limit. >> we have to use whatever leverage we have. and there are some examples of leverage can coming along. the debt ceiling is one of them. that hopefully would get the president engaged. >> hopefully? whatever leverage we have? doesn't sound like a guy who's confident to me. and john boehner's in the same tight spot. the wall street journal says that boehner thinks that that bill is just one point of leverage. he says he hedges by noting that it is not the ultimate leverage. when a politician talks like that, you know he has a weak hand. right now they're trying to bluff the president and bluff the american people. but it won't work. voters are behind president obama and his message. joining me now is jared bernstein, fo
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 9:00am PST
obama administration's failure to negotiate a status forces agreement with iraq to allow u.s. forces to stay there, and iraq has gone downhill. that's the narrative. there's also bengazy, and there's sort of a -- there's been building this sense among republicans that the obama administration is not strong enough on counterterrorism, is not tough enough, somehow is hiding its ineptness, and i think that's what's behind this, and it's all going to come out, again, with something we haven't talked about yet, which is the nomination of john brennan, the cia director. here's a guy who was pulled back from being nominated four years ago because of his alleged ties to torture and interrogation techniqu techniques. he was george bush's counterterrorism guy. it comes with a lot of baggage. as dave wood outlines, there are reasons for, and there are reasons why chuck hagel's potential fom nation is problematic for the white house. there's also when you sort of read the palace intrigue, read about the palace intrigue, get into the palace intrigue, there's this notion that president obama likes
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2013 4:00am PST
citizen, in which no one is denied their rights. >> that was president obama speaking at the human rights campaign dinner in 2009. this week, jean manford, the founder of parents, friends and families of lesbians and gays passed away, she was 92 years old. and everybody cried, including me, on tv. like usual. >>> out of afghanistan, u.s. troops will leave that country faster than expected. but is it mission accomplished? a new way to avoid the debt ceiling. hear what senate democrats are telling the president to do today. >>> fighting the flu. the illness has now reached epidemic levels in the u.s. is it slowing down? >>> signature moment. how comics are taking on jacob lew's unique, to say the least, scrawl of his name. good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." what's happening out there. after meeting with the president of afghanistan, president obama sharing new details this morning on how he plans to end the u.s. involvement there. >> this remains a very difficult mission, the work ahead will not be easy. our forces are still in harm's way. but make no mista
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2013 8:00am PST
president obama needs a binderful of women. maybe tongue in cheek. she writes about the white guys. what a shame, not an outrage, but a shame. the face of power that president obama has chosen to present to the country is strikele second for the african-american president at the top of the pyramid for its retro look. white and mail. it's "mad men" goes to washington. they've posted a picture that goes viral. all men in the oval office. in fact, if you look really are closely. we will circle the leg of valerie jarrett. you'll find her in that picture. however, she's behind the guy right there. that sparked the white house to release another photo. showing more women in the inner circle. a woman that came out wednesday. i want to start with you, is this reality or perception problems? >> this is our cover story right now. and it's a smart way to look at it, we in the media tend to focus on the big jobs. there are certain jobs sort of media more friendly. we tend to look at the cia and defense detectiver. those are the big positions to us in the media. >> the big boy jobs. >> we tend to focus
MSNBC
Jan 4, 2013 3:00pm PST
who they're shooting is not president obama, but the american people. >> or the brand of the republican party. >> yeah, that's called a boom rang and the bullet hits you. chris and melissa, thanks. have a great weekend. happy new year to both of you. be sure to catch up with chris hayes saturdays and sundays at 8:00 a.m. followed by melissa harris-perry at 10:00 a.m. coming up, republican smack down. it's chris christie versus paul ryan facing off over sandy relief. and putting ideology over people. and nothing is certain except death, taxes and right-wing out rage at president obama's family vacation. we're breaking out our video tape tonight. plus, president obama's not so secret political weapon. joe biden, he's sealing deals and having a whole lot of fun on the hill. the tape everyone is talking about is coming up. >> hey, mom! >> hey. >> how are you? i'm joe biden. come on, mom. take a chance. ruin your reputation here. >> you're watching politics nation on msnbc. [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters? maybe you want to incorporate a business. or protect
MSNBC
Jan 5, 2013 11:00am PST
if president obama does, in fact, pick hagel it is possible that we could see a potentially difficult nominating process, but that announcement could come as early as next week. craig? >> there's the work. let's talk about the play and what's vacation been like for the president. and one of the reports yesterday said that the president who has played some golf and had dinner at nobu, we understand. what else? >> that's right. the other day he went out and took that famous shaved ice trip that he takes with his daughters. shaved ice is like water ice in hawaii and it is a local treat and he's been playing a lot of golf, basically, and also doing some work of the office of the presidency, that always travels with him. you saw him speak out about the sandy relief package. also, of course, delivered the weekly address in which he talks about the upcoming fiscal fight over the debt ceiling and drawing a hard line with congress saying he's not going to negotiate with them and house speaker john boehner drawing a hard line as well saying he'll use the debt ceiling debate to try to cut spendi
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2013 1:00am PST
president obama announcing the end of something that for a very long time had felt like it was never going to end. >> good evening. tonight i'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in iraq. >> the time difference between washington, d.c. and baghdad is eight hours. so when president obama started speaking in the united states at 8:00 p.m. on that night, august 31st, it was after midnight in baghdad. it was already september 1st in baghdad. and so what is recorded as the end of the u.s. combat mission in iraq gets listed in the history books as september 2010. it was not the end of everything in iraq for the united states when we went through that transition, but it was really when what started in 2003 finally started to end. the page was turned. >> operation iraqi freedom is over, and the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> when president obama spoke that night, there were still 50,000 u.s. troops in iraq, and 50,000 americans stayed in iraq after that night for another 14 months until everyone finally left the following
MSNBC
Jan 12, 2013 5:00am PST
from new york. i'm chris hayes. president obama said american troops in afghanistan will shift to a support role by spring and by the end of next year americans war in afghanistan will be over. the flu is now reached epidemic levels according to the centers for disease control although it may be peaking in some parts of the country. right now, my story of the week. the magic coin. odds are by now you heard something about the trillion dollar coin ideas that thanks in part to others has managed to catapult from the margins of the internet to the center of beltway conversation. the idea first proposed in 2010 by a george jrnlg lawyer commenting on a blog under the screen name beta wolf has received endorsements from a number of members of congress. on wednesday white house spokesperson jay carney fielded a question about the proposal from our own chuck todd. >> follow up on debt ceiling. i know your position hasn't changed. do you have a position on this trillion dollar coin business? >> i would simply go back to what i said. the option here is for congress to do its job and pay its b
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2013 3:00pm PST
the obama team is serious about changing the way we handle guns in this country. ahead of today's key meeting, the nra vice president -- ahead of today's meeting with the nra, vice president biden assured the country, action is on its way. >> there's got to be some common ground here to not solve any problem, but to diminish the probability of what we've seen in these mass shootings. >> there's a real tight window to do this. i've committed to him. i could have these recommendations to him by tuesday. >> recommendations hit the president's desk in five days. now is the time to get this done. the vice president recalled the recent tragedy as the driver for change. >> in all of my years involved in munitions, there has nothing that has peeked the consciousness of the american people, there is nothing that has gone to the heart of the matter more than the visual image people have of little secure kids riddle ed riddled, with a stray bullet, but riddled. i'm not sure i can guarantee this will never happen again, but even as the pthd said, if what we do saves one life, it makes sense. >> a
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
committee and co-chair of president obama's intelligence advisory award. >> mr. president, i'm grateful for this opportunity to serve our country again. and especially its men and women in uniform and their families. these are people who give so much to this nation every day with such dignity and sellessness. >> already, hagel is getting support from both sides of the aisle. former secretary of state colin powell says i wholeheartedly endorse president obama's nomination for former senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. senator hagel is well qualified with his broad experience in national security affairs. he's the president's choice. he's clearly a qualified candidate. but, yet, again, republicans are attacking one of the president's pick. and this time, they're turning their backs on one of their own. senator lindsey graham says he's out of the mainstream. john mccain says he has serious concerns about hagel's views on national kurt. and senate minority leader promises hagel a lot of tough questions. many of these same -- now, the propgsing a big fight to op
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 6:00am PST
is obama's team. a lot different from gates, from even panetta and from clinton or petraeus. >>> all right, moving on. battle lines are set for a march budget showdown and the leading players appear to be doing their best to establish, i would argue, the low ground. remember, three deadlines coincide two months from now. setting up some form of triple jeopardy, if you will. the treasury department runs out of options to cover u.s. borrowing risking potential default. the whole debt ceiling business. the domestic and defense cuts postpone for two months by the fiscal cliff deal kick in. also known as sequester around these parts. of course, march 27th, the big the continuing resolution that funds the entire government expires. that may be where things truly heat up. mitch mcconnell drew a line in the sand saying though republicans are willing to work on tax reform as part of upcoming budget negotiations, new tax revenue is, "absolutely off the table." >> we've resolved the tax issue now. it's over, it's behind us. >> the tax issue is over. >> the tax issue is over, finished,
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2013 4:00pm PST
right now. >>> out of the way. obama's coming. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. i think we're looking at a new barack obama. you know the expression let reagan be reagan. i think we're seeing barack obama be barack obama. an in your face challenge to the right wing. he's putting in a guy who knows the lessons of vietnam and iraq and putting him out front, making him his point man as he goes into the war of hawkish republicans who count the months between wars as an unwanted time-out. who like nothing more than the next war to fight. meet barack obama two. he's going to run the way he believes to do it. i like it. i think there's one guy out there by the way ironically rooting for obama. it's the guy who got used by the hawks, saw his place ruined by their lies. his name is george w. bush. and he's sitting down there in texas watching the same old predictable crowd of war hawks trying good their number one more time. only this time there's someone in the white house wise to their game. joining me now is msnbc
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 2:30am PST
. president obama won 71% of the hispanic vote over mitt romney this past election. in 2008, obama took 67% to mccain's 31%. >>> well, the pentagon is preparing for a worst case scenario in which lawmakers fail to retain march 1st deadline on a budget deal that would result in deep across the board budget cuts, including 500 million less for the pentagon. defense secretary leon panetta has ordered a series of cutback measures, including a freeze on civilian hiring and a delay on contract awards. he also warned budget cuts would be a huge setback for national security. >> regardless of what congress does or fails to do, we still have an obligation to protect this country. the simple fact is that this fiscal uncertainty has become a very serious threat to our national security. and like any grave threat that we face, the american people expect and deserve action. >> panetta, who is stepping down as defense secretary, said the budget cuts may require furloughs for nearly 800,000 civilian employees in the department. >>> well, today president obama is scheduled to meet with afghan president ha
MSNBC
Jan 6, 2013 7:00am PST
strong. be a gracious host. don't keep that bean dip to yourself. president obama is still holding on to the coveted data base of 16 million voters, volunteers and donors. he's going to have to share if he wants to keep the party going. pick a theme. a togo party kegger. articulate goals with a clear, concise and memorable message that signals the vision for 2016 and beyond. now, here's a known secret that only the best party planners know, don't do it alone. delegate a few friends to pick up the ice or plates and cups. the president needs to identify his field lieutenants to do the grunt work of building up the party. that means running for office, searching for viable candidates to run in 2014 or 2016, buildsing party organizations and crafting a cohesive policy agenda on state and county levels. once you have done all of that, you want to make sure your party is unforgotable. don't be afraid to shake things up. swap out the regular lightbulbs for the black light and turn your party into a groovy shack. newt gingrich was good at this. inviting broad, diverse of people. make sure everyo
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2013 9:00am PST
that labor secretary solis is stepping down president obama has another cabinet post to fill. it is another opportunity to nominate someone who is not a white male. an unfortunate theme of his picks thus far. as ruth marcus writes in "the washington post" it's mad men goes to washington except peggy's leaving." new york congressman charlie rangel was none too pleased this morning. >> it's embarrassing as hell. we've been through all this with mitt romney, and we were very hard on mitt romney with his women binders. >> it is worth noting that this trend is not consistent with the president's record. currently eight women serve in cabinet level positions, making up 35% of his team. less than one-quarter of george w. bush's cabinet was made up of women. that merely mirrors of percentage of high level women appointed to federal positions outside the white house. 35% under president obama, and 25% under george w. bush. equally worth noting both of president obama's supreme court appointments were women. perhaps the real question about diversity within the president's inner circle isn't b
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 4:00pm PST
. let's play "hardball." >> good evening. let me start tonight with president obama. this country's commander in chief. start with that fact, will you? he's done a pretty good job of doing it, don't you think? well, the commander in chief said today he wants a former veelt nam enlisted guy to be his secretary of defense. a guy who can't walk through the airport metal detector and not get reminded of the shrapnel he took. the president wants chuck hagel to be in that position. hagel long ago proved he's got the harlt. i do recognize their tactics. they're the same ones they used to push the war in iraq. they say they don't like something he said, hagel did, 14 years ago about a gay man being put up for ambassador. i don't like it either, but, a, it was 14 years ago, and, b, i don't think it's got anything to do with why the hawks are opposing him. since when is the right wing of this country so caring for gay rights? as bill clinton would say, give me a break. and this isn't about israel's security any more than it's about ours. the right wants a hawk at defense for all occasions. so
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 8:00pm PST
, folks. thanks for watching. president obama says the country needs the take immediate action on gun violence. it looks like he'll get a comprehensive plan on his table next week. vice president joe biden held another round of meetings today on gun reform. today the meetings were with representatives of the video game industry. biden says the conversation was part of the administration's far-reaching approach. he says the country is looking for help from everyone. >> we know this is a complex problem. we know there is no single answer. and quite frankly, we don't even know whether some of the things people think impact on this actually impact on it or not. and so i want you to know you have not been, quote, singled out for help. >> over the past two weeks, the vice president's team has met with dozens of organizations and groups from around the country from a wide range of interests. the law enforcement community, the medical community, the child advocacy at risk youth groups have been involved, domestic violence and prevention community was in there, also legal justice and servi
MSNBC
Jan 8, 2013 12:00pm PST
on "the cycle." all right. it's just 13 days to the inauguration and if you thought president obama's first term was polarizing, just wait for the second. for instance, his first term was polarizing despite obama's efforts. his second could be polarizing because of them. need proof? already the president's putting up his dukes nominating chuck hagel to run the pentagon. he slammed the door on debt ceiling negotiations demanding congress raise it without drama and says he's ready to be tough on gun control but remember the president doesn't have to worry about re-election ever again. so expect his second term agenda to look a lot like this. full of overtures to the base which criticized him over the last four years for caving to republicans. to help decipher what to expect in the next four years, we start with nbc's peter alexander outside of the white house and "the washington post" david nakamura. peter, look, you could describe the first term and the first few months since being re-elected as a confident obama. making bold cabinet picks. laying out a very ambitious agenda, adding gu
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2013 11:00am PST
to president obama by next tuesday. right now, they're holding what could be a showdown meeting with the nra and other gun owner groups. it comes after the nra's president lashed out at president obama in a new internet radio interview. >> i think they're being disingenuous. i think they have seen this as an opportunity to go after the 2nd amendment which they have wanted to do for years. >>> also breaking, the atlantic pastor to deliver the benediction at president obama's second term inauguration is announcing to withdraw from the ceremony amid questions of an anti-gay sermon he gave in the mid-'90s. >> if you look at the counsel of the word of the god, you come quickly to the conclusion that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle. it is not just a sexual preference. it is not gay. but homosexuality is sin. >> the presidential inaugural committee issued a statement saying, quote, we were not aware of pastor giglio's past comments at the time of his collection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural. before we g
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 11:00am PST
president obama in introducing hagel and announcing his nomination is that hagel has a particular unique experience in the military as an enlisted ground pounder. one who fought the war in vietnam and as the president pointed out still carries shrapnel in the chest. twice wounded, two purple hearts. he has as the president said understands the consequences of war so he would be less likely than some previous secretaries in this job to commit troops to war that some might consider unnecessarily. now, i'll take a little bit of exception in my colleagues at first read who claim that the president chose him because hagel could not be intimidated by the generals. i have not covered any secretary of defense who is intimidated by the generals. they take the best advice from the military leadership and they, in turn, walk arm and arm over to the white house, give it to the president and that's where those kinds of decisions are made. but i can tell you, one of the biggest challenges facing chuck hagel if, in fact, he is confirmed by the senate, is this budget battle. not necessarily here in the
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 10:00am PST
topics as president obama prepares to hold a news conference minutes from now live from the white house. good day. i am andrea mitchell live in washington where we are awaiting hamid karzai and president obama who will be addressing reporters in the east room following their meetings on the pace of the u.s. troop withdrawals. one big disagreement? the white house suggestion this week of a zero option, a withdrawal of all u.s. troops after 2014 leaving no residual force at all, but, first, the big domestic issue here at home. what to do about gun violence. the white house is pushing back hard on suggestions that they do not believe they can win a ban on assault weapons, and are focussing on other options. in fact, a senior administration official tells me within the hour that an assault weapons ban and background checks are both going to be in the final set of proposals that go to the president despite all reports to the controversy. the nra president who met with vice president biden yesterday is drawing a hard line on assault weapons. >> we don't think that a ban on so-called assault w
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2013 12:00pm PST
, the obama white house is trying to find a way to stem gun violence. >> there is something that wakes up the conscious of the country. that tragic event did it in a way like nothing i have seen in my career. the president is going to act. there executive orders and action that can be taken. we have not decided what that is yet. >> that was vice president biden with eric holder and gun safety groups and victims of past shootings. he is tasked with finding common ground on proposals to curb gun violence. they will meet with owner, video game manufacturers, hollywood executives. parents, teachers and mental health groups and advocates and community leaders. this is the first time they publicly reached out to the nra. they will meet tomorrow, but don't expect wayne la pierre to be there. they are sending a representative in his place. biden will release a statement here with us for the first time in 2013, howard fineman, director of the "huffington post" media group. welcome back to the show. first of all -- we have got the news of the pending white house meeting with the nra with r
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2013 1:00pm PST
. >> president barack obama is considering taking executive action aimed at limiting your second amendment rights. >> could only be to take guns away from people. >> i don't quite understand why everybody would be afraid. >> it has been enough. >> the nra, which wants to be feared and respected, is not respected and should no longer be feared. >> i agree with wane lapierre, you, sir, are [ bleep ] in the head. ♪ >> another hectic day in washington and just ahead we'll have more on the president's cabinet reshuffle, including the nomination of jack lew to lead the treasury department. but, first, it is target tuesday. that's the day when vice president joe biden says he'll present his recommendations on preventing gun violence to the president. biden made the announcement as he met with hunting groups and gun advocates, including the nra. and he said a con shen sus is emerging over proposals such as expanding background checks and banning high-capacity magazines. >> you all know this is a complicated issue. there's no singular solution. but there's also things we know. we know that there
MSNBC
Jan 5, 2013 3:00am PST
president obama is likely to nominate this man, nebraska republican chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. mr. hagel served in the u.s. senate for two terms, starting in 1997. he was considered in some ways a member of that vanishing species, the moderate republican back when it was not nearly so vanishing. senator hagel served on the intelligence committee and the foreign relations committee. after 9/11, he supported the patriot act with its sweeping new powers of surveillance. he also supported the war in iraq. at the time those were reasonably centrist positions for a republican to hold. but a couple of years into the iraq war, senator chuck hagel came out and said that america's war in iraq was starting to look to him like the war he himself fought in as an army infantry officer. it was starting to look to him like vietnam. he said that between those two war, quote, there is a parallel emerging. a couple of months later, he laid down this gauntlet to those on his own side who had gotten all over him for questioning the iraq war. he said, quote, to question your go
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2013 7:00pm PST
is still floating. president obama is meeting with president karzai tomorrow. but it has also revealed where american politics are. in year 12 of this war. nobody is outraged by the prospect of it being all the way over. nobody is shooting this balloon down. now it is time for "the last word with lawrence odonnell". the nra met it's worst nightmare today and his name is joe biden. >> the nra is a friend of freedom. >> i want to thank the national rifle association. >> they do a terrific job. >> we have the craziest people. >> too much weaponry in all the wrong hands. >> but there are also thing that is we know. >> he has a lot of friends on the hill. >> the vice president's task force powwow. >> there is no room. >> not to give an inch of ground. >> there is no room for compromise. >> we have another school shooting in taft, california at the same moment the nra is at the white house. >> they want chain jooth it is simple. >> more guns are not the answer. >> no one hunts with an assault rifle. >> the newtown tragedy, tucson and the movie theater massacres. >> is part of what s
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Jan 11, 2013 2:00am PST
balloon is still floating. president obama is meeting with president karzai tomorrow. but it has also revealed where american politics are. in year 12 of this war. nobody is outraged by the prospect of it being all the way over. balloon down. "first look" is up next. >>> good friday morning. right now on "first look," vice president joe biden readies his gun control recommendations for president obama. >>> major concern among top military brass that budget cuts and hiring freezes could create a department of defense with a hollow force. >>> government sting. the dea set up our own secret service agents with prostitutes. >>> all that, plus, the growing flu epidemic, one year after the costa concordia accident, and the return of the water skiing squirrel. >>> good morning. vice president biden continues to hold meetings as the head of the administration's gun control traffic force. biden met with gun control advocates as well as retailers. while participants described the meetings as open and frank, the nra had harsh words for the president afterwards. >> the administration was able to
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Jan 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. >> president obama nominates chuck hagel as defense secretary, and conservatives are fuming. >> positions that he has taken over the years will be, i think very much a matter of discussion. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> hagel is nominated, it is very difficult to imagine circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> admiral joe sestak and joe wolf are here on the road to nomination and what this could mean for defense cuts. >>> republicans are coming out for the government shutdown. >> you think that's a good idea? >> yes, i do. >> you really do? >> yes. >> john nichols on their backwards reasoning. >>> mcdonnell doesn't mind another hostage situation for the deficit, at the expense of the most vulnerable. david cay johnston lays out the gop fabricated spending problem ahead. >>> the opposition on gun control reaches heated extremes. >> i don't think the federal government has any business having a list of law abiding citizens who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2013 6:00am PST
heading into washington to meet with president obama, a debate emerges about how long u.s. troops will be there. a central issue that will face the president. picks to run the pentagon and the cia. that's if they make it through the senate gauntlet. >>> this morning we'll meet one of the faces of the gop. freshman congressman tom cotton of arkansas. got a big crowd of conservatives. grinning from ear to ear already about his future in his party. >>> and richard nixon would have turned 100 years old today if he were still alive. find out how his legacy is still trying to get shaped by his supporters and why he might be the most consequential american politician in the last half century. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, january 9th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck todd. right to my first reads of the morning. the end of the month deadline provides president biden's task force on gun violence to present its proposals is quickly approaching. today biden, cabinet members and senior staff kick off a series of meetings with what the white house describes as stake holde
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Jan 8, 2013 9:00pm PST
republican senator from nebraska. he is now president obama's nominee to be secretary of defense. john kerry, of course, went on to become a democratic senator from massachusetts. he is now president obama's nominee to be secretary of state. eric shinseki went on to become an army lifer. he went on to become a four star general. he was appointed secretary of veterans affairs by president obama, in president obama's first term. general shinseki is expected to stay on at veterans affairs in the second term. if senator kerry and senator hague really confirmed in the two positions for which they are nominated, which especially in the case of senator hagel is no sure bet, but if they are all confirm, this will be the first time that there are three vietnam combat veterans in the cabinet. the expiration of vietnam as an american political issue -- and the expiration of the issue of vietnam service for american political leaders, that expiration date has been prematurely proclaimed for decades now. when bill clinton in 1992 won the presidency, despite having not served in vietnam, and his opponents
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Jan 12, 2013 2:00am PST
which no one is denied their rights. >> that was president obama speaking at the human rights campaign dinner in 2009. this week, jean manford, the families of parents, families, friends of lesbians and gays passed away, she was 92 years old. and everybody cried, including me on tv. >>> we're going into nut country. let's play "hardball"! ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this, paranoid america is climbing out of its bunker. the near possibility that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy knoll folks believe that any limit on the wide open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carnage is to these paranoids the first unfaltering step to mass confiscation of everything from shotguns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the crazies. my question, are the regular gun owners of this country, the people who go out
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Jan 4, 2013 5:00pm PST
. his name president barack obama, who has repeatedly made offers to republicans on cuts to social security. the recent fiscal cliff negotiations, president obama gave house speaker john boehner a third proposal, increasing the tax rate threshold to $400,000 and adding chained cpi, which is a benefit reduction in social security. that's the only way you can look at it. republicans did not take the plan. when harry reid was negotiating with senate republican leader mitch mcconnell, the president allegedly asked reid to put social security reforms back on the table, according to multiple accounts, senator reid was so unhappy with the proposal, he threw it into a burning fireplace in his office. the white house says a formal offer on social security was never made. but president obama's position on social security reform really isn't hard to find. in his 2006 book, "the audacity of hope," president obama wrote the problems with the social security trust fund are real but manageable. in 1983, when facing a similar problem, ronald reagan and house speaker tip o'neill got together and sh
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Jan 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
nothing. >> one reason joe biden was tasked with this is that barack obama, don't forget, back in 2008 showed a little distance -- >> ingloriously. >> these are people who cling to guns and their religion. he's not the guy to do this deal, joe biden is. the governor is right, when you get specific about things like high capacity magazines, people want them limited. there's no question. on general, if you state it generally, people are confused because they know it's a constitution right. but if you're specific, then the equation changes and that's what the vice president is going to try to do. >> ironically it's like pro-life and pro-gun. very ironic. it's a generalized statement. >> exactly. interestingly, originally joe biden was not going to report, was not going to make his case to the president until after the state of the union, until after -- excuse me, until after the inaugural address. i think they're moving up the schedule of this because i think the president is, in fact, going to feature it in -- he's going to mention it in the inaugural -- >> is this legacy material?
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Jan 11, 2013 8:00am PST
focused on and that's being the best vice president he can be to president barack obama and to this country. he'll make a decision about what his future holds over the next couple of years. nothing -- no decision has been made or he'll make. he's focused on what you see before him and that is making sure that we don't have another repeat of what happened, the tragedy in connecticut or colorado or in virginia. that's what he's focused on as well as obviously a whole other array of domestic and foreign policy issues. but i've been very proud of him. he's been very effective and it's a very effective partnership between he and the president of the united states. >> we'll see what he comes up with again, the deadline he wants to provide the president with options is by tuesday. delaware attorney general beau biden. thanks, sir. >> thanks, thomas. >> we'll bring our political power panel, bacon and joe sestak and ms nbc contributor. perry, i want to start with you and based on what i was able to maybe get out of beau a little bit, more like the matix avoiding that conversation. he was ab
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Jan 11, 2013 4:00pm PST
is climbing out of its bunker. the near possibility that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy knoll folks believe that any limit on the wide open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carnage is to these paranoids the first unfaltering step to mass confiscation of everything from shotguns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the crazies. my question, are the regular gun owners of this country, the people who go out and hunt in hunting season, the people who shoot skeet or simply like to pack their own bullets, regular gun enthusiasts, are they going to listen to these nut cases or joe biden when he offers proposals next week on background checks and high capacity magazines? who are the people that are going to decide this issue -- i mean the gun owners -- going to go with, the wild bunch or the town posse? david corn is washington bureau chief for "mother
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